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Three Sheets to the Wind

John Baxter

in Von Sternberg

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780813126012
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135601 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813126012.003.0011
Three Sheets to the Wind

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The promise of Chaplin's near-limitless resources and prestige seemed to von Sternberg to be the answer to his every prayer. But people still argue over the part played by Chaplin in the conception and eventual destruction of what became A Woman of the Sea. A Dickensian spirit was intended to pervade the film—a point that, Grierson insists, was made clear to von Sternberg before work began. If this is correct, von Sternberg either failed to grasp Chaplin's wishes or ignored them—more likely the latter, since it would not be the last time he acted so autocratically.

Keywords: Chaplin; prestige; destruction; conception; Grierson

Chapter.  2155 words. 

Subjects: Film

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